Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, animated
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles, is a graphic novel from 2009 by Spanish cartoonist Fermín Solís about the creation of surrealist cinematographer Luis Buñuel’s third movie, Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan (The Land Without Bread, 1933). With this film, Buñuel created a surrealist documentary about rural life in Extramadura, one of the poorest states in Spain. He used elements from narrative film (montage, sound) and combined documentary footage with explicit exaggerations to create a subversive pamphlet, which was banned both by the Republican government, and later by the fascist regime of general Franco.
The book has now been turned into an animated picture, written and directed by Salvador Simó and produced by Manuel Cristóbal and Jose M. Fernández de Vega for Glow Animation, in collaboration with a host of partners. Amongst the collaborators, we see cartoonist José Luis Ágreda (Carla) and animator Manolo Galiana (The Illustionist, Anastasia)
The film takes the graphic novel as a starting point to “introduce the figure of Luis Buñuel to contemporary audiences, and to generate interest in his extraordinary personality and filmography”. Judging from the teaser trailer that was released recently, it will at least be a visual feast.
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles will be released in Spain in the fall of 2018
(based on reporting by Cartoon Brew)